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Airbus Ups A320 Output to 50 per Month


Airbus A320

As a response to Boeing’s declaration of increasing the production of the Boeing 737 from 42 to 52 aircraft per month by 2018, Airbus is planning on increasing their A320 jetliner production to 50 aircraft per month by 2017. The current production goal is from 42 aircraft to 46 by the second quarter of 2015, 48 per month in 2016, and reaching the final goal of 50 by 2015. This response is similar to their increased production of single aisle planes in service from 22% to 43% during 2002 to 2014. Over the past twelve years, Airbus has delivered more of these aircrafts than Boeing. A final decision on the 50 aircraft per month decision will be made by June.

The Airbus A320 is the initial aircraft model that started the Airbus single aisle family. With a typical seating of 150 to 180 passengers, the A320 is one of the most used aircraft worldwide for both short commuting and trans-continental applications. The aircraft uses innovative technology including a decrease in aircraft weight, 20% more efficient wiring, centralized fault display, lower maintenance costs, simplified troubleshooting, and Airbus’s fly-by-wire flight controls. Overall, compared to its previous models, the Airbus A320 provides a greater flight envelope and airframe structural protection-increasing the overall safety and lowering pilot workload. Fewer parts are used in the construction of the aircraft-decreasing maintenance and providing improved flight stability and smoothness.

Airbus is one of the leading aircraft manufacturers in the world. With over 59,000 employees, the company produces commercial airliners, corporate jets, and helicopters which has allowed Airbus to meet over $33 billion euros in yearly revenue. Headquartered in Blagnac, France, the company has sixteen different sites in four countries: France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Airbus has produced many firsts in the aircraft industry such as the first commercially viable fly-by-wire airliner and the world’s largest passenger airliner.

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